As the New Year approaches, we’re starting to think about our resolutions and what we hope to do differently after we bring in the New Year. Most people vow to eat better and exercise while others want to learn a new skill or simply be a better person. For people with a terminally ill loved one, it’s the perfect time to rededicate yourself to their health and wellness. Our home health care experts are sharing a few tips on caring for your loved one in the New Year.
Pay Attention to the Little Things
When someone isn’t in good health, you tend to pay attention to the major symptoms and things that might cause discomfort. However, sometimes the little things can make all the difference. For example, does your loved one get chilly or too warm easily? If so, consider investing in an electric blanket or cooling fan for their comfort. Also be sure to keep them hydrated. Dehydration can make their symptoms even worse. Water seems like such a simple thing that we sometimes don’t pay attention to it, but it can make a huge difference in how our bodies feel.
Take Time to Talk
Life is busy and when you’re caring for someone, it gets even busier. Since we provide in-home support services, we know how important it is to spend time with a patient and understand their needs and how their feeling. If you’re a caregiver for someone, take the time to talk with them. When you spend time together, you learn things about the other person and can pick up on subtle hints pertaining to their feelings.
Do Activities They Enjoy
Just because your loved one is sick doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy doing fun things. Depending on their situation, try to get them outdoors to soak up the warm sun or sit around a backyard campfire. If being outdoors isn’t an option, get them laughing with a fun card game or reminisce over funny family photos together. End of life care doesn’t have to be depressing, it should be a celebration of memories, achievements, and family.
Make Every Moment Special
This resolution pertains more to the caregiver than the loved one. Life is precious and life is short. Some days will seem like a struggle and other days will go beautifully. Relish in every moment you have with your loved one and make it special. Try to smile even through the difficult days. Not only will it lift your spirits but it will lifts theirs too.
Let Summit Hospice Be There With You
We understand that you can’t do this alone, and that’s why we’re here. Our palliative and hospice care services are designed to meet the needs of your loved one while providing support to families. Contact us to learn more.